Stained Glass Cookies or Bistcuits

I love these stained glass cookies. They are some how unique and just beauties. It is so fun to make them and yet they are suitable cookies for any occasion and  party time.

As you will see in the recipe, you can make just a piece of stained glass cookie or with using 3 pieces of cookies: 2 stained glass and one normal cookie, create a stuffed cookie with coloured sugar or smarties.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 226g unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • Hard candies

How to make it?????

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Line the baking tray with parchment papers. Crush the coloured and clear candies and set aside. Now, add flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and mix together.

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In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with sugar. Then add vanilla extract and keep mixing. And finally add eggs and mix again. Next, add flour to the butter mixture and combine well until you have a soft dough.

Wrap the dough in a cling film and refrigerate it for half an hour.

After 30 minutes, place the dough on a floured surface and roll out the dough. Use large size of a round or star or .. shaped cutter to cut out dough. Then place them on the baking tray . Now use a smaller cutter and cut out the centre of each dough.

Place them in the oven and allow to bake for 6 minutes. Then remove hot cookies from the oven and sprinkle enough crushed candies to fill the centre hole or simply place a whole candy in the centre of the cookie.

Return them again in the oven and allow to bake for 4 minutes more until candies melted and cookies are golden. .

Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool .

Now you can have just a stained glass cookie like these:

 

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Now sprinkle some of coloured sugar or smarties in the middle of one stained glass cookie. Squeeze some icing or melted chocolate around edges of the cookie and place second normal cookie without stained glass on top of it and gently press the cookie down. Now squeeze again some icing or melted chocolate and again place the third piece of stained glass on the second one. Gently press the cookie down and allow cookies stick to each other.

Keep doing same process  with rest of cookies  and yes now we have gorgeous stained glass cookies.

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ُStained glass cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 226g unsalted butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1tbsp vanilla extract
  • Hard candies

How to make it?????

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Line the baking tray with parchment papers. Crush the coloured and clear candies and set aside.

Now, add flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and mix together.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with sugar. Then add vanilla extract and keep mixing. And finally add eggs and mix again. Next, add flour to the butter mixture and combine well until you have a soft dough. Wrap the dough in a cling film and refrigerate it for half an hour.

After 30 minutes, place the dough on a floured surface and roll out the dough. Use large size of a round or star or .. shaped cutter to cut out dough. Then place them on the baking tray . Now use a smaller cutter and cut out the centre of each dough.

Place them in the oven and allow to bake for 6 minutes. Then remove hot cookies from the oven and sprinkle enough crushed candies to fill the centre hole.

Return them again in the oven and allow to bake for 4 minutes more until candies melted and cookies are golden. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool .

Now sprinkle some of coloured sugar or smarties in the middle of one stained glass cookie. Squeeze some icing or melted chocolate around edges of the cookie and place second normal cookie without stained glass on top of it and gently press the cookie down. Now squeeze again some icing or melted chocolate and again place the third piece of stained glass on the second one. Keep doing with all cookies.

Christmas fruit cake

This is my Christmas fruit cake, a dark, super tasty and full of flavour.

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g ground almond
  • 350g prunes and glacé cherries
  • 230g raisins
  • 35g candied orange peel
  • 175ml honey
  • 125ml spiced rum
  • 175g unsalted butter
  • 175g muscovado sugar
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 1 lemon zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 2tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp clove
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp baking powdered
  • ½ tsp baking soda

How to make it?????

Preheat the oven to 150C degree. Grease and line the cake tin with baking paper. Make the parchment paper larger than tin to protect the top of the cake from burning.

In a pot add dried fruits, spiced rum, butter, sugar, spices, lemon and orange zest, juice, honey, and coca powder.

Heat the mixture and bring it to a boil. Stirring the mixture and let to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down.

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Mix flour, ground almond, baking powder and baking soda together. Crack the eggs In a bowl and whisk them. Now add beaten eggs and flour mixture to the fruit mixture. Mix well until all ingredients combined.

Next, pour the cake batter into the lined cake tin.With a wooden or silicon spatula press the batter down.

Place the tin into the oven and bake it for about 2 hours or until top of the cake is hard and firm. You can test the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, it means cake is ready. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

When the cake is done, allow to cool for an hour in the tin and then remove it from the tin and peel the paper off. Before wrapping the cake, you need to feed the cake.

Feeding the cake puts back the moisture you lost during the baking and build the flavour. So, You can use a syringe and inject the liquid to the cake or use a chopstick, make few holes on top of cake to help liquid flow to the cake. You can feed the cake with 2-3 tbsp alcohol every two weeks until Christmas. But if you do not drink alcohol, there are non-alcohol options for feeding the cake too.

You can use cold earl grey tea or spicy tea or orange juice. Therefore, add 3 tbsp orange juice on top of the cake 3 or 4 times over the next couple of weeks. Then, Wrap the cake well in the grease proof or parchment paper and store it in the dry and cold area.

For decoration of the cake, there are loads of ideas:

– sprinkle icing sugar and top the cake with glace cherries or chocolates

brush over the hole cake with apricot jam and decorate, dust with icing sugar

or roll out with marzipan.

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Christmas fruit cake

Ingredients

150g plain flour

75g ground almond

350g prunes and glacé cherries

230g raisins

35g candied orange peel

175ml honey

125ml spiced rum

175g unsalted butter

175g muscovad0 sugar

1 orange juice and zest

1 lemon zest

3 eggs

2tbsp cocoa powder

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp clove

½ tsp nutmeg

½ tsp baking powdered

½ tsp baking soda

How to make it?????

Preheat the oven to 150C degree. Grease and line the cake tin with baking paper. Make the parchment paper larger than tin to protect the top of the cake from burning.

In a pot add dried fruits, spiced rum, butter, sugar, spices, lemon and orange zest, juice, honey, and coca powder.

Heat the mixture and bring it to a boil. Stirring the mixture and let to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool down.

Mix flour, ground almond, baking powder and baking soda together. Crack the eggs In a bowl and whisk them. Now add beaten eggs and flour mixture to the fruit mixture. Mix well until all ingredients combined.

Next, pour the cake batter into the lined cake tin.

With a wooden or silicon spatula press the batter down.

Place the tin into the oven and bake it for about 2 hours or until top of the cake is hard and firm. You can test the cake with a skewer. If it comes out clean, it means cake is ready.

Yayyyyyyyyyyyyy

When the cake is done, allow to cool for an hour in the tin and then remove it from the tin and peel the paper off. Before wrapping the cake, you need to feed the cake.

Feeding the cake puts back the moisture you lost during the baking and build the flavour. So,

You can use a syringe and inject the liquid to the cake or use a chopstick, make few holes on top of cake to help liquid flow to the cake. You can feed the cake with 2-3 tbsp alcohol every two weeks until Christmas.

But if you do not drink alcohol, there are non-alcohol options for feeding the cake too.

You can use cold earl grey tea or spicy tea or orange juice. Therefore, add 3tbsp orange juice on top of the cake 3 or 4 times over the next couple of weeks. Then, Wrap the cake well in the greaseproof or parchment paper and store it in the dry and cold area.

For decoration of the cake, there are loads of ideas:

– sprinkle icing sugar and top the cake with glace cherries or chocolates

brush over the hole cake with apricot jam and decorate, dust with icing sugar

or roll out with marzipan.

Sugared Grapes

This is a fun recipe. Super easy and beautiful. Every one will enjoy it, especially children. So obviously star of this recipe is grape. You can choose red- dark purple, or green grapes. Basically it is coating the grapes with sugar. You can use regular granulated sugar or coloured flavoured sugar.

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All are beautiful. With granulated sugar you can make grapes like frosted grapes and with coloured sugar you make your grapes like precious gem stones.

They are so good in parties, or on the cakes or with turkey meals.

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Ingredients

  • Bunches of grapes: red, green grapes
  • Apple juice
  • Sugar (coloured or granulated sugar)

How to make it?????

Wash the grapes. So, You can garnish them as a bunch of grapes or just one by one.

Dip grapes in the apple juice. Then, put them in the sugar and coat them.

Do not put grapes in the refrigerator, simply keep them in room temperature and enjoy them.

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Sugared Grapes

 

Ingredients

Bunches of grapes: red, green grapes

Apple juice

Sugar (coloured or granulated sugar)

 

How to make it?????

Wash the grapes. So, You can garnish them as a bunch of grapes or just one by one.

Dip grapes in the apple juice. Then, put them in the sugar and coat them.

Do not put grapes in the refrigerator, simply keep them in room temperature and enjoy them.

Walnuts Snowballs

These beautiful cookies could be made with walnuts or pecan. They are buttery, with plenty of walnuts and full of flavour. It’s surprisingly easy recipe to follow.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely diced and toasted for better taste
  • 113g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3tbsp white sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

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How to make it?????

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix it up by hand. Keep mixing until turning into a dough. Then warp it up in plastic and refrigerate it for half an hour to chill. By this way, would be easier to roll it up afterwards.

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Now open the dough and roll them into small balls and place them on a parchment paper lined tray. Transfer the baking tray into the oven and allow to bake for 15 minutes.

Once they are done, they are fragile so let them cool for 5 minutes.

Now still they are warm, so coat them with powdered sugar and because they do not take much sugar at first time, so after 15 minutes when they are cool, roll them in powdered sugar for the second time and that’s it. Enjoy it 🙂

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Walnuts snowballs

Ingredients

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup walnuts, finely diced and toasted for better taste

113g unsalted butter, room temperature

3tbsp white sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

How to make it?????

In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix it up by hand. Keep mixing until turning into a dough. Then warp it up in plastic and refrigerate it for half an hour to chill. By this way, would be easier to roll it up afterwards.

Preheat the oven to 176C degree. Now open the dough and roll them into small balls and place them on a parchment paper lined tray. Transfer the baking tray into the oven and allow to bake for 15 minutes.  Once they are done, they are fragile so let them cool for 5 minutes. Now still they are warm, so coat them with powdered sugar and because they do not take much sugar at first time, so after 15 minutes when they are cool, roll them in powdered sugar for the second time and that’s it. Enjoy it 🙂

My Deadly Chocolate Cake

If you are chocolate cake lover, anything you want from a chocolate cake is right here: Most dangerous, most wanted, most delicious cake. The texture is soft, gooey, moist and rich.

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I am sharing my chocolate cake recipe :). You can make just one layer cake or bake layer cakes.

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Ingredients

  • 80g plain flour

  • 150g white sugar

  • 50g coca powder

  • 60g melted buttermilk

  • ¼ tsp baking powdered

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 whole egg

  • 125ml hot milk

  • 2tbsp coffee

  • pinch of salt

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 150 cream cheese

  • 100g white sugar

  • 50ml milk

  • 1tbsp coca powdered

  • Bourbon biscuit

How to make it??

Preheat the oven to 180C degrees. In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Add melted butter or oil and combine it.

Then add 2tbsp coffee and hot milk to the mixture and mix until come together. Maybe you ask why hot milk? Well, for dissolving of coca powder. Now add egg and stir in until combined.

Line the two pans with flour and then line the bottom of pans with parchment paper. Divide batter among the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes and then turn them over and let to cool completely.

Now we make chocolate sauce: In a pot with milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Let to boil for 5 minutes on a low heat. After 5 minutes, add coca powder, mix together. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and set aside.

Now we need to prepare chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate and add soft cheese. Mix until well blended.

Poke some holes with the toothpick in one of the cakes and spoon over that chocolate sauce and add some of chocolate ganache and spread all over the cake.

Place the second cake and spread remaining of the chocolate ganache on the came. Top it with some crushed cookies and chopped strawberries.

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My Deadly Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 80g plain flour

  • 150g white sugar

  • 50g coca powder

  • 60g melted buttermilk

  • ¼ tsp baking powdered

  • ½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 whole egg

  • 125ml hot milk

  • 2tbsp coffee

  • pinch of salt

  • 200g dark chocolate

  • 150 cream cheese

  • 100g white sugar

  • 50ml milk

  • 1tbsp coca powdered

  • Bourbon biscuit

How to make it??

Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.

In a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. Add melted butter or oil and combine it.

Then add 2tbsp coffee and hot milk to the mixture and mix until come together. Maybe you ask why hot milk? Well, for dissolving of coca powder. Now add egg and stir in until combined.

Line the two pans with flour and then line the bottom of pans with parchment paper. Divide batter among the two pans. Bake for 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

Cool on wire racks for 5 minutes and then turn them over and let to cool completely.

Now we make chocolate sauce: In a pot with milk, add sugar and allow to dissolve. Let to boil for 5 minutes on a low heat. After 5 minutes, add coca powder, mix together. Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and put it in the fridge to become thick.

Now we need to prepare chocolate ganache. Melt the chocolate and add soft cheese. Mix until well blended.

Poke some holes with the toothpick in one of the cakes and spoon over that chocolate sauce and add some of chocolate ganache and spread all over the cake. Place the second cake and spread remaining of the chocolate ganache on the came. Top it with some crushed cookies and chopped strawberries.

My Pumkin-Walnuts Dessert

An easy recipe for a delicious and  humble dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin
  • ½ cup walnuts, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

 

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How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176 C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

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My Pumpkin-Walnuts Dessert

Ingredients

1 pumpkin

½ cup walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1tbsp unsalted butter

How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

 

Mutekke Cookies

Mutekke or Cigarette  cookies are  traditional Azerbaijani cookies. Mutekke which is called bolster in English language is a long and narrow pillow filled with cotton or feather. By the way I have attached some photos of Mutekke in following photos.

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So name of this cookie come from their shape which resembles a traditional tube-shaped pillow which in old times of Iran, we used to use it as a pillow or back and arm support but nowadays, you can find them in small towns or villages.

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IMG_20180913_152655.jpgBasically, Mutekke cookie is rolled up pastry filled with nuts such as walnuts, almond, hazelnuts, pistachio or mixture of all but typically with walnuts and also fragrant spices. This cookie has a very straightforward recipe and super easy to make it. Usually baking Mutekke  in the celebration of new year ( Nowruz) is popular. The good point about this cookie is there is no sugar in the pastry and for adding sweetness to the cookie you add sugar or apricot or other fruit preserves as stuffing .

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 113g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

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Ingredients for filling

  • ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

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How to make it??

Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.

Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.

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Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board.

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I show two methods of cutting the dough:

  • 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
  • 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.

Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).

Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.

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Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top. Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.

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No bake cookies with smarties

These cookies require just simple ingredients. You do not need an oven to make them. I made these cookies with smarties but you can substitute smarites for dried fruits or chocolate chips. They are super easy to make.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup smartise
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tnbsp milk
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

First of all line a tray with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar and the butter into a saucepan set over medium heat and melt together.

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Add vanilla or orange extract and milk to the melted mixture and stir together until mixture combine together.

Place oat flour in a bowl and sprinkle with the smarties Now add wet mixture and salt into the oat four. Stir with a spoon or with your hand until combine very well.

Using an ice cream/cookie scoop or just simply take small portion of dough and roll into a ball and place on the baking tray. Gently press down the dough. Once all cookies dough are done, place them in the fridge for an hour until to set.

 

Store them in the fridge for several days.

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No bake cookies with smarties

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups oat flour
  • ½ cup smartise
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla or orange extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tnbsp milk
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

First of all line a tray with parchment paper and set aside. Place the sugar and the butter into a saucepan set over medium heat and melt together. Add vanilla or orange extract and milk to the melted mixture and stir together until mixture combine together.

Place oat flour in a bowl and sprinkle with the smarties Now add wet mixture and salt into the oat four. Stir with a spoon or with your hand until combine very well.

Using an ice cream/cookie scoop or just simply take small portion of dough and roll into a ball and place on the baking tray. Gently press down the dough. Once all cookies dough are done, place them in the fridge for an hour until to set.

Store them in the fridge for several days.

No bake cookies with peanut butter

Sometimes no bake desserts will come handy in Summer season and warm weather. No need to heat up your kitchen by using the oven or gas stove.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup dark or white chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

How to make it?

line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside. Add Peanut butter and honey to a pan and melt together. Whisk until combine well.

Add peanut mixture, vanilla extract and salt to the oat flour. Combine all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

Using a medium ice cream scoop or 2 tbs of the dough into your hand and roll it into a ball and drop onto parchment lined plate. Gently press the dough to make a flat cookie.

Once all cookies are done, place the plate in the fridge for an hour until cookies to set.

Meanwhile, melt the white or dark chocolate . After an hour, dip each of cookies in the melted chocolate and return them in the fridge and let stand until firm. 

 Store tightly covered for a week..

 

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No bake cookies with peanut butter

Ingredients

  • 3 cups oat flour
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup dark or white chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

How to make it

line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside. Add Peanut butter and honey to a pan and melt together. Whisk until combine well. Add peanut mixture, vanilla extract and salt to the oat flour. Combine all ingredients together until you have a sticky dough.

Using a medium ice cream scoop or 2 tbs of the dough into your hand and roll it into a ball and drop onto parchment lined plate. Gently press the dough to make a flat cookie.

Once all cookies are done, place the plate in the fridge for an hour until cookies to set.

Meanwhile, melt the white or dark chocolate . After an hour, dip each of cookies in the melted chocolate and return them in the fridge and let stand until firm. Store tightly covered for a week..

Peach cookies

These tempting, pretty peach shape cookies are just beauties and suitable for any occasion, for 4 seasons, and resemble to the real peaches.

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Ingredients

  • 210g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 55g plain yogurt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for filling

  • 1/3 cup Nutella or
  • 1/3 peach jam

Ingredients for colouring

  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • Yellow and red food colouring
  • Two small bowls with water

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How to make

Preheat the oven to 170C.

Line the baking tray with parchment paper. Place egg yolks,vanilla extract, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat for 3-4 minutes. Add yogurt and beat until creamy. Mix the flour with baking powder and sift it.

Add butter to the flour and combine and add it to the batter. Knead it for 3-4 minutes until all comes together and non stick to your hand.

Divide the pastry into small amount (about 15g). Take one the dough and roll it into ball. Continue rolling all of the batter into balls. Place them on the tray. Put your finger on each ball and and gently press down each ball.

Bake them for 15 minutes. Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Now, use a sharp knife and core out the centre of cookie from the bottom of each cookie and remove the cookie centre( as you see in the photos).

Break up cookies pieces and mix them with nutella or peach jam. Carefully fill cavity of each cookie and place tow cookies together.

Mix few drops of red colour in one bowl and few drops of yellow colour in other bowl. Dip cookie in yellow/red food colouring and roll them in the sugar. Allow the cookies to set and serve it.

 

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